Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2

September 4, 2013

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After plenty of rumors and speculation, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is finally here! There’s a lot to love about Samsung’s Note series, though the Note 3 is far from the only big-screened smartphone game in town, including LG’s G2.

How does the latest Samsung flagship compare when stacked against LG’s new flagship? Let’s take a look!

Design and build quality

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Though many manufacturers are making the move to more ‘premium’ materials, both the Galaxy Note 3 and G2 stick to tried and true plastic. Don’t let this fool you, both phones might be packing polycarbonate shells, but they are well-built, and have very different overall designs that will set them apart in a crowd.

For the G2, the biggest differentiator would be its unique button placement. Instead of power and volume on the phone’s sides, LG has moved these buttons to the back of the device, allowing for much thinner bezels. For the Note 3, Samsung has ditched the glossy plastic back cover in favor of a faux leather back, complete with faux stitching around the edges! Instead of the usual hard plastic feel, the sides of the Note 3 are soft and easy to grip.

While the Note 3’s 5.7-inch display is considerably larger than the 5.2-inch display found on the G2, Samsung’s latest flagship isn’t terribly bigger or bulkier. The G2 is just 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm and 140 grams, and the Note 3 is 151.2 x 79.1 x 8.3mm, and weighs in at 168 grams.

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Display

The Note 3 rocks a 5.7-inch full HD display with 386ppi, and sticks with the Samsung tradition of utilizing a super AMOLED display. As for the G2, we get a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, also with a full HD resolution that comes in at 424ppi.

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Camera

Both the LG G2 and Note feature 13MP rear cameras, but the G2 really ones-up the Note 3 thanks to its optical image stabilization technology, which reduces camera shake and lends to better quality photos and video. Besides OIS, the G2 also features auto-focus, LED flash, tracking zoom and plenty of other shooting modes and settings.

Looking at the Note 3, you basically get the exact same camera as seen in the Galaxy S4. There’s the same LED flash, BSI sensor and Smart Stabilization. There are also Samsung camera features like Drama shot, sound & shot, HDR and more.

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Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a larger 3,200 mAh battery, versus the G2’s 3,000 mAh battery. Of course the Note 3 is a bigger device with more demanding specs, so the two will likely perform similarly in terms of battery life. It’s also worth mentioning that – unlike the international G2 – the Note 3 will feature a removable battery.

Other specs

There are two different processor configurations for the Note 3: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz quad-core version and a 1.9GHz Exynos Octa-Core version. The former will be for LTE markets, the later for those with just 3G. Some of the device’s other specs include 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage and microSD.

In comparison, the LG G2 features a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, comes in a 16 or 32GB version, and has 2GB of RAM. [Full LG2 Specs List]

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Software

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will arrive with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean onboard, which is currently the latest version of Android (though not for long). In contrast, the LG G2 is running on Android 4.2.2. As to be expected, both handsets feature custom UIs and quite a few custom features.

For the G2, the custom software includes features such as KnockOn, Answer Me, Plug & Pop and Guest Mode.

As for the Galaxy Note 3? The Note 3 runs on Touchwiz and includes many of the same features as Samsung’s GS4, alongside new features including Pen Window, My Magazine, S Finder, updated S-Pen related apps and so much more.

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Hands-on video

Wrap-up

As you can see, the Galaxy Note 3 is a very impressive handset, though the LG G2 is certainly no slouch either. Ultimately, if you want a monster-sized phone with nearly bleeding-edge specs, you can’t go wrong with the Note 3.

For more details on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, check out our hands on coverage! Also make sure to stay tuned to Android Authority for all the latest coverage straight from IFA 2013.

Comments

  • No One

    Now I know that I will get LG G2 Korean version. Much better and the bezel is definitely thinner and same with Note 2 before, it is way too big for my hand.
    – 4K Video, sound nice but don’t have 4K TV yet.
    – 3G RAM, it is very nice but don’t really think it is important.

    • MasterMuffin

      If you don’t care about the size and camera, Note 3 is better objectively. I like G2 more too though

      • No One

        No doubt Note 3 is the monster but it is just not enough. I like the premium finish around the phone, but leather back? I really hate leather case or back.

        • Don S.

          Then just replace the back with something else…

          • No One

            As said it is not the only thing that I don’t like. The deal breakers for me I guess are: the size and the camera with no OIS. The rest, I don’t really have to complain much.

          • Skander

            Hold on there, the Note 3 does record 4K video at 30FPS.
            Watch the unveiling again.

          • No One

            Hold on for what, is that what I just said above, it has 4K video recording but for me I don’t have 4K TV yet so as many other people in here.

          • Skander

            Doesn’t matter if you don’t have a 4K display, down-scaled it will look better anyway.

          • No One

            That is true but it is not important and it is certainly not a buying point for me at least now.

        • MasterMuffin

          luckily it’s fake leather ;D

          • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

            MasterMuffin, I believe the correct term is ‘faux leather’. :P

          • MasterMuffin

            I wasn’t sure if it is fake or faux, I used Google Translate and it translated both as “keinonahka” (Finnish word for faux/fake leather). Guess you can’t always trust Google Translate :)

      • Ivan Myring

        I would still be n the side of the note, partly because of the larger amoled screen, but more due to the fact that the notes get good developer support. No LG phone really has.

      • Ugslick

        I dont

        • MasterMuffin

          AMOLED > LCD

          And you basically just said what I said, if size and camera aren’t important, Note 3 is better

          • Ugslick

            Kind of, but from the opposite viewpoint, and with a much longer statement. And no LG’s IPS is far and away superior to the AMOLED. :)
            Though I do understand some of it is preference.

          • MasterMuffin

            AMOLED > LCD >:)

          • Ugslick

            Rock Paper Scissors, best of three. Right. Now.

          • MasterMuffin

            Okay, you start

          • No One

            I would prefer IPS over AMOLED because of the brightness.

          • MasterMuffin

            I wouldn’t :P

          • No One

            No need to spam since you have already posted Amoled > LCD.

          • MasterMuffin

            I know >:P

  • Lee

    what’s behind that leather cover samsung?

    • Skander

      a micro sd card and.. a removable battery and a place to put your sim in xD

      • mumusen

        Lol

        • Jt

          That’s like a smart comeback like Shelton would say from the big bang theory. Then you hear Leonard go “Oh snap”

  • Deondrae

    i predicted all these specs for the NOTE 3:

    -4K recording
    -3GB RAM
    -2.3 GHz cpu or 1.9 GHZ depending on continent/market
    -1080p Amoled display

    Many of you had said that it was all wrong.. look through my previous comments from a month back you’ll see

    • No One

      Almost everyone would know these, don’t have to predict.
      – 2.3GHz CPU
      – 1080p Samoled

    • MasterMuffin

      well you did have some crazy stuff there too :)

    • Mutomi Sconi

      lol dont be a noob, anyone with an 8mp camera can do 4k

  • Skander

    Now look at LG fanboys, hey, your LG back cover attracts fingerprints and looks flimsy as hell, and cheap.

    :p

    • No One

      Duno, who did you point your finger as LG fan boy here to but for me I never used any of LG phone before. Always with iPhone and sometime Samsung. Anyway back to the point, Samsung Galaxy S4 back cover do the same shit as well as many other phone out there with plastic cover or glass cover, however there is something called the case which has been used by most of smartphone user for it.

      People has been complain about Galaxy S brand always look cheap with plastic build. Just because Note 3 come with the leather back doesn’t mean it is premium. For me I hate leather case so as the back cover. I don’t like plastic back either but I can survive with it more than the leather.

      • Skander

        I didn’t call anyone here specifically, talking in general :)
        People complain more because more people buy Galaxy devices ;)

    • Balraj

      Lol…Your just jealous..
      Note 3 is cool & so is g2
      Get over it dude…

      • joe

        I have both and i liked more lg desing and camera but i think note 3 screen its better i like the colors it reproduce also the g2 ui goes faster than the notes 3

    • wargamer1969

      Will just get a flip case will take care of that.

      • Skander

        Same can be done to an S3/S4, yet it’s called cheap.
        So yeah from the way that went, it’s still cheap with the flip cover if I were to use a retarded fanboy’s brain.

    • 26

      Hohohoho just realizing about comparing phones with a huge gap of price. I’m going with the g2.

      • Skander

        Of course, an inferior device costs less.

        • 26

          G2 is efficient in spec and price actually, that’s why I’m going with it.

          If i want a bigger size, I’m actually just go with my note 10.1. That’s why i don’t need note 3 at all.

          • Skander

            Interesting opinions.
            The more you know.

    • Mutomi Sconi

      hmm sounds like a poor person who can only afford one phone

  • FL Guy

    Would it be possible to compare display brightness?

  • PuzzledObserver

    Article too biased in favor of Note3: Note 3’s 5.7″ display vs G2’s 5.2″ (+9%) is called “considerably larger”. While the increase in weight 168g vs 140g (+17%) or width 79.1mm vs 70.9 mm (+11%) are considered “not terribly bigger or bulkier”

    This spells doubt on the trustworthiness of the whole article.

  • Jaun Lombard

    I think Samsung won IFA!..Watch = Average but looks better than the rest, Note 3 = Amazeballs, Note Tab = Mind Blown!

  • Balraj

    Got to see camera performance
    How both will handle games..

  • Marco Bokgift

    LG G2 as its the most compact size(ergonomic design)
    great camera results
    great battery life results
    great Display
    sweet UI.
    and friendly price…

  • yuan

    I had galaxy 4, and it was very hard for me to read the screen outdoor, even with the brightest setting.

    • joe

      Notes 3 Screen its way birgther than s4 screen and have better color reproduction

  • ThinkBigLiveSmall

    The Note 3 doesn’t shoot 4k video in American market. Plus for regular still photos, the LG G2 has a better camera.

    While the Note 3 may have a bigger screen, the LG G2 has a much better looking screen. I think the colors are much better and clarity seems to be noticeably better.

    Of course multitasking in the Note 3 is a staple highlight from Samsung, but the LG also has a Slide Aside.

    Realistically they are very comparable and there is no real winner. It comes down to whether you want the slightly larger phablet experience with a stylus or the conventional smartphone experience.